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  • The modernisation of Parliament needs more than new working hours
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    Now that clapping is allowed in the Chamber, a polite round of applause, please, for Robin Cook's plans to push the House of Commons in the general direction of becoming a modern, effective and accountable legislature.It makes sense for the Common...

  • Clever gimmicks won't make a more equal society
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    It might be thought that, after five years, it would be possible to begin to form a judgement on the Blair Government's record. There is one issue, however, on which it is too early to tell, and that is the fundamental one – for a Labour government –...

  • Contrary-wise
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    Teenagers say they want health advice, but they seem to ignore what they are told, according to the latest research. What a delicious misunderstanding! Of course teenagers do not ignore what they are told, they listen carefully and do the precise opp...

  • Digby Jones: Government never saw tourism as being important
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    Central government never saw tourism as being as important as it is. Out of the awful foot-and-mouth has come a silver lining – tourism has come to the attention of government. The cash now being ploughed by the Government into regional development ...

  • If you can get the crowds out to defend fox-hunting, why not to save the planet?
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    Last week I packed mother, brother and nephew into the motor, and together we did the bourgeois version of a pub-crawl, taking in no less than three (yes, three!) National Trust sites in one single day. As a family we can hold our drink, and it ...

  • Speak up for Europe and ask for some restraint
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    The announcement yesterday that Tony Blair is to visit President Bush at Camp David this Saturday ends days of frenzied speculation on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, what was anticipated was a US-British "council of war" to finalise arrangement...

  • Achievements, surprises, and some telling unscripted moments
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    The results of the Earth Summit, which has closed in Johannesburg, are less impressive than we might have hoped, but more substantial than we had feared. And while the future of the world may not have been secured, the cause of banishing poverty w...

  • Mixed herbs
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    Growing unease, we note, in the field of herbal remedies, stimulants of a market now worth nearly £130m a year in Britain alone. Concern that some of them might not actually work; tough European regulations in the offing. Oh, dear. That's not the poi...

  • Geoffrey Lean: Barracking reveals delegates' fury and frustration
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    Yesterday's barracking of Colin Powell by delegates and activists at the Earth Summit was unprecedented.In almost 30 years of covering international conferences I cannot remember any reception that came close – no matter how notorious the speaker....

  • Women's rights – the final issue of the summit
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    The Earth summit is already famous for its fudges and failures. No targets were set for increasing the use of renewable energy or for further cancellation of Third World debt or for ending rich countries' agricultural subsidies. This was a summit tha...

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Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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